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A note on Nelly Hanna’s “In Praise of Books”

Only recently, I finished reading Nelly Hanna’s 2004 monograph “In Praise of Books”. Honestly, while the book raises some interesting questions, it has not aged all that well. But first, what is it about? It is less about the books mentioned in the title and more about “A cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century” as the subtitle clarifies. In this context, Hanna argues that the written word became more important than it was before, and that it now began to … Continue reading A note on Nelly Hanna’s “In Praise of Books”

Fin de la masterclass, debut du travail!

Nous avons passé une semaine très intense, mais néanmoins transformatrice. Comme la plupart des jeunes chercheurs, je sentais l’angoisse du début de la deuxième année de thèse et du « grand problème de recherche » que…

readme.txt: „Aby Warburgs Vermächtnis und die Zukunft der Ikonologie“

Lesen, Schreiben und Publizieren sind die Essenz von „Geisteswissenschaften als Beruf“.
In dieser Folge von readme.txt beantwortet uns Andreas Beyer, Sprecher des von der Max Weber Stiftung koordinierten Forschungsverbunds „Bilderfahrzeuge“, vier Fragen zum von ihm und seinen Direktionskollegen herausgegeben Buch „Aby Warburgs Vermächtnis und die Zukunft der Ikonologie“, das gerade im Wagenbach-Verlag erschienen ist.

Table Topic: „Fluid Disciplines and Archives“

  On their table „Fluid Disciplines and Archives“, Annika Raapke and Lucas Haasis will discuss about how to find the sea in the archive and why methodological hierarchies should be…

Chinese-European Academic Lecture No. 192

Baojuan Manuscripts in Modern Performance Traditions of Jiangsu: With “Telling Scriptures” of Changshu County as an Example (Rostislav Berezkin) Abstract: Baojuan 寶卷 (precious scrolls) is a type of Chinese prosimetric literature (with alternation of prosaic and poetic passages) used for ritualized storytelling, mostly with religious subject matter. They appeared around the 13th-14th centuries as a type of Buddhist proselytizing literature, but during the Ming and Qing dynasties served as sacred books of various religious movements. At the end of the 19th-early 20th centuries recitation […]

Long-Term Fellowships at GHI Washington DC

– Term: 6 to 12 months
– Deadline: December 1, 2018
– History of knowledge is one of the thematic possibilities. Others (perhaps combined with knowledge) are the histories of migration, family and kinship, race and ethnicity, religion and religiosity…

Fellowship in Migration and Knowledge

The German Historical Institute (GHI) is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration. The fellowship program contributes to the creation of the new research network “Knowledge in Transit—Migrants’ …

Table Topic: „Oceanic Images and Imaginations“

Picture: Gustave Coubert, Vagues (1869) | Public Domain. Table hosts Hannah Baader and Hester Blum will discuss at their table the theme of „Oceanic Images and Imaginations“, find their statement…

Towards a New Political History of the Court, c. 1200-1800

Delineating Practices of Power in Gender, Culture, and Sociability International Conference, 15–16 November 2018 German Historical Institute ParisDeutsches Historisches Institut ParisInstitut historique allemand Paris Image: “Louis XIV, à cheval, devant la grotte de Thétys“, c. 1680, anonymous painter. Source : Wikimedia Commons. Dynastic centres, or courts, played a pivotal role in the state building processes out of which developed our modern political practices and institutions. Yet, for a long time, the court was regarded primarily as the field of anecdotal ‘petite histoire’ and consequently …

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Book Review: Carola Lentz and David Lowe, Remembering Independence

By Katrin Bromber, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Lentz, Carola; Lowe, David: Remembering Independence (Remembering the Modern World, vol. 6), London, New York: Routledge 2018, ISBN 978-1-138-90573-3, pp. 244. Remembering independence is…

Research USA

In September I took part in a seminar on popular culture at the annual conference of the German Studies Association in Pittsburgh. The seminar felt a bit like being back at university—only that everyone had read the text and engaged in the discussions. The gap between literature scholars and historians in evidence at other events at the GSA, was not a problem for us because we all felt like outsiders in our respective disciplines and faced similar problems not least the difficulties in finding … Continue reading Research USA

Exile and Academic Freedom Today

This article is part of the TRAFO series “Emerging Topics. Insights from ‘Behind the Scenes’”. Today, we put the spotlight on the conference Exile and Academic Freedom Today,“ which will…

Ein gerechter Frieden?

Das Westfälische Friedenswerk gilt als eine großartige Konstruktion, die eine höchst komplexe und verfahrene Konfliktsituation beigelegt hat. Entsprechend positiv fallen die Bewertungen in der Historiographie aus, eben weil der Westfälische Frieden nicht einfach nur dem Krieg im Reich, also dem … Weiterlesen

CFPs and What Else?

Some might have noticed that the research group isn’t organizing many conferences at the moment – it’s because we’re all busy writing our thesises, books, articles, etc… But luckily the medieval gaming universe isn’t boring like us – there are many exciting CFP and new publications’ opportunities happening, so please have a look if anything’s up your alley: La Poésie en temps de guerre : représentations du conflit et construction de l’identité à la fin du Moyen Âge, organized by Daisy Delogu (University of …

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